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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: CNG 75, Lot: 1151. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2007. 
Sold For $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Contorniates. Late 4th century AD. Æ 37mm (22.67 g, 7h). Later cast copy, possibly Renaissance. Struck in the name of Divus Trajan. DIVO NERVA-E TRAIANO, laureate bust of Divus Trajan right, slight drapery on left shoulder; PE monogram in right field / Aerial view of chariot race in the Circus Maximus: spina with obelisk of Augustus flanked by metae, lap-counter, and statues of horseman and boar right; two quadrigae left above; two quadrigae right below, one with charioteer holding palm and extending hand; figure between, waving mappa. Alföldi, Kontorniat, Tf. 221, 3 (this coin). Good VF, mottled brown surfaces. LOT SOLD AS IS, NO RETURNS.

Ex Garth R. Drewry Collection (Triton VIII, 11 January 2005), lot 1273; Frederick S. Knobloch Collection (Stack's, 1-3 May 1980), lot 1403.